Le Pen still hoping for victory
MARINE LE Pen, the far-right French presidential candidate, stepped down as leader of the Front National (FN) party on Monday.
The move came after she reached the final round of the election.
The 48-year-old daughter of party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen said her appeal should stretch beyond the party.
Having joined the NF aged
18, she was appointed to its national executive in 2000 and took over from her father as leader in 2011.
Le Pen has long tried to distance herself from the party’s dubious legacy, including its antisemitism.
She has removed NF insignia from her campaign posters and rarely refers to the party when interviewed. Her efforts have brought her into conflict with her father, who this week criticised her campaign. In a radio interview he said: “If I’d been in her place I would have had a Trump-like campaign, a more open one, very aggressive against those responsible for the decadence of our country, whether left or right.” French commentators said her decision to step down as leader was likely to be a temporary one.
Marine Le Pen